March 11, 2013 | SOI General: Headquarters

WCSH-TV/WLBZ-TV - Students Take a Stand Against the 'R-word'

By Roberto Coquis

Brewer High School junior Nicole Turner knows how hurtful this word can be, "When I was going to class I think it was a few weeks ago or maybe last month I heard a girl saying do I look retarded in this? In my head I'm just like 'Wow.'"

WCSH-TV/WLBZ-TV reports, "In high school hallways words are thrown around without worry if they may be offensive or hurtful to some. But at Brewer High School students are pledging to stop the use of one word in particular that is upsetting people with mental disabilities. Nicole struggles with an intellectual disability herself and she wants the R-word to stop being said in all hallways. Nicole said, "I just find it very rude and I don't like hearing it. Sometimes they will just make a joke out of it and it's really not." Brewer High School is one of 25 Maine schools participating in the national "Spread the Word to End the Word" campaign. It is sponsored by the Special Olympics. The goal is to have every student and faculty member to make the pledge. The pledge states, "I pledge and support the elimination of the derogatory use of the R-word from everyday speech and promote the acceptance and inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities." To read more click below

About Roberto Coquis: I work at Special Olympics.
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